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Full text of "Gunsmoke Comics # 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27"

FEB. -MARCH 



Still 10< 




Matt makes a deadly choice when 
outlaws use Kitty as their ticket to freedom! 





When it comes 
to candies 






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I HAVEN'T TIMS 
FOR CARP CHEATS 
RIGHT NOW/ I'M 
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Pi KNEW THAT IF X FIREP 
AT THEM THEY'D DUCK FOR 
COVER AND USE YOU AS ATHREAT.' 



THEN I HAP THE CONDUCTOR OUT HERE 
TOSS IN A SUN WE BORROWEP.' THEY 
ONLY SAW THE ©UN, NOT THE MAN 
WHO THREW IT.' I KNEW THEY'P 
ASSUME IT WAS MY SUN ANP RELAX.' 
WHILE THAT WAS SOINS ON, I CLIMBED, 
OVER THE ROOF ANP SWUN& 
IN THE WINPOW/ 



Later, on a west bounp train- 





now, KITTY, IF IT WEREN'T FOR 
THEM.-- WE WOULDN'T EVEN BE HERE/ J 



DflD&E CITY DAYS 

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Many men came to 
fleece the folks at 
dodge city, but 
sometimes it was 
the bunco artist 
who found that the 
seemingly simple 
westerners got 
in the last laugh-- 
andthe first bullet.' 





IT IS THIS/ SY REAPING- THE &UMP& 
ON A PERSON'S HEAP, I CAN 
SCIENTIFICALLY TELL YOU THE MAN'S 
character; DETERMINE his FUTURE 
AND ADVISE HIM ON HIS PLANS.' I'LL 
BE AT THE HOTEL TONIGHT.' COME 
AROUND FOR A 
READING OR ADVICE.' 





That evening-, some of popge's more 
spirited citizens corrallep the town 

BUM. 




BECAUSE WE WANT TO GIVE 
POC MEREDITH A REAL 
CHALLENGE.' WE VvANT r 
HIM TO REAP YOUK 
CHARACTER- AND YOU J 
HAVEN'T ANY.' 




Minutes later, sppucepandscentep, they 
5hove0 him into the hotel 




DOC, YOU'VE SEEN ) f THANKS/ X THINK 
A GREAT HELP/ ^"~">. DODGE CITY / 
FOLKS'U- HEAR OF THIS/7 READ/ FOR / 
SCIENTIFIC 
APPROACH.' I WANT 
TO GIVE THE WHOLE 
TOWN AN OPPORTUNITY 

TO LEARN ABOUT 
PHRENOLOGY/ 




NEXT MORNING, DR. MEREDITH SET OUT TO 
CAPTURE THE WHOLE TOWN-... 



That even in©, the marshal callepa 
packed audience to order... 




SOON, THE HKKUN© CHANGEP FROM LAUGHS 
TO LEAP... 



5uppenly, bullets pimmep all. the lights anp 
Men leapep out winpowsto escape the 
wilp shootin©.. 




5AY, THERE IS SOMETHING TO THIS 
PHRENOLOGY/ ACCORP1N& TO THE 
POC'6 CHART, THIS 8UMP MEANS 




Next morning, pr. merepith caught the 
first train east.,. 



OBVIOUSLY DOP6E CITY IS TOO 
BACKWARDS A WfLPERNESS 
SETTLEMENT TO UNPERSTAND 
/MY SCIENTIFIC MESSAGE .' 



AND IF WE 
POy'T.UIKEHIS 
OPINION OF US, 
FOLKS, 
WE CAN 
LUMP 





For weeks Marshal Clip Carter hod been 
expecting it — the inevitable clash between 
Bull Brodie of the Rafter-B and Cherokee 
Mason of the Running-M. And now on that 
hot Saturday afternoon it looked like the 
showdown was on the way. 

Looking out into the hot, dusty street the 
marshal remembered how the feud had 
begun. The fight started when both men 
started ranching on their own. The squab- 
ble was over a small spring which both 
claimed. The spring had long since dried 
up, but the feud had grown with the years. 
Haystacks were burned mysteriously and 
stock stampeded under suspicious circum- 
stances. Each new incident added fuel to 
the fire. 

And then came the climax. Two days be- 
fore someone had cut Cherokee's fence 
and allowed his prized whiteface herd to 
stampede into the badlands. As if in retali- 
ation a Rafter-B fence rider was wounded 
from ambush. Now the crews of both 
ranches were riding in to settle it with gun- 
fire on the streets of Coyote Fiats. 

They would be coming soon. The mar- 
shal stepped out into the street and eyed a 
dust cloud in the southwest. That would be 
Mason's men. Brodie's boys would be on 
the way, too. Twenty-five, maybe thirty 
riders would be slinging lead at each' 
other. Wouldn't be much left of the town 
after that. There had to be a way to stop 
them. 

It was when both groups of riders were 
walking their horses down the street from 
opposite directions that Marshal Clip Car- 
ter abruptly knew how he would handle it. 



"Bull! Cherokeel" called the lawman 
imperatively. 

The two leaders stalked forward leav- 
ing their hot-eyed riders behind them. 
"Don't try to stop me, Marsha!," said 
Cherokee. "No one's going to cut my wire 
and stampede my cattle!" 

"And no one's going to bushwhack my 
riders," replied Brodie coldly. "I'm calling 
a showdown!" 

"No! It's me that's calling a showdown, 
boys," said the marshal. "Only it won't 
be a battle royal. I figure if you two hate 
each other so all-fired much you'll want to 
do the job yourselves. . . . That is, unless 
you need someone to fight your bat- 
tles. . . ." 

"Not me," said Brodie grimly. 

"Or me." Mason was defiant. "We'll 
settle this man to man." 

"Just what I had in mind," said the law- 
man. "Now if you'll each draw your guns 
ond grab hold of a corner of this handker- 
chief — " He held a red square of cloth to- 
ward them. 

They looked at him in dismay as he con- 
tinued giving instructions. "You'll both 
hold one end of this handkerchief and 
open fire when I give the signal. 

"But we'll be only five feet apart," 
said Mason. 

"We'd both be goners. We couldn't 
miss," said Brodie. 

"Shouldn't think that would stop you," 
said the marshal. "Thought you wanted a 
fight to 'the finish. That's what I'm offering 
you. All right! Get set! I'm starting the 
count! ONE! TWO! THREE!" 

At the count both men went for their 
guns. But Mason's hand was too weak to 
drgw. And though Cherokee 'cleared 
leather the gun trembled in his hand and 
fell to the ground. Then they both stopped 
trembling and grinned. 

"Bull, I guess 1 just couldn't. Not face to 
face like that," said Cherokee. 

"Me neither. I couldn't gun you down 
looking you in the eye." Brodie reached 
out a hand and Cherokee took it, and as 
the two old friends walked down the street 
together Marshal Clip Carter grinned^ 

It had been a long chance, but he'd 

WOn. CQf-UGW. Kit, H WUH.N WHFWB 1 1"TO CO. 





SORRY TO WAKE YOU, MARSHAL, BUT r 
NEED A DOCTOR FOR MY PAL.' DIDN'T SEE 
ANYONE AROUND AND -F l&URED A COUPLE 
OF 5HOT5 WOULD GET SOMEONE OUT OF 
BED, WHO COULD LEAD ME TO f 
DODGE'S DOC/ 




DOC, WANT ME TO COtAE ALONG— J 




Soon 




Next mo rnins. 

CHESTER, THIS TELESRAm\ -AJHCJ?™. ™ 
SAYS WE'RE TO BE ON I SCRIPTION OF 
THE LOOKOUT FOR V™E ROBBERS, 
FOUR MEN WHO f\ MR. DILLON? 
ROB8ED THE BANK 

IN ABILENE/ 




EXCUSE ME, DOC/ A FRIEND OF OURS 
WOUNDED HIMSELF WITH A GUN YESTER- 
PAY/ HE AND HIS PAL WERE TRYING TO 
MAKE DODGE TO GET HELP/ DID YOU 
TREAT HIM? 






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/ WANT ) I-I'LL TAKE j 
jHO#£?l YOU TO HIM/ J 


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WHERE IS HE 
HOLED-UP, POC 



Minutes later... 




MINUTES LATER 





I THINK WE CAN TALK NOW/ SOME- 
ONE ROBBED THE BANK IN A8ILENE/ 
AND YOU TWO ANSWER TO THE DE- 
SCRIPTION OF TWO OF THE MEN / 




JONES/ KENT/ HELP US 
DROP THE MARSHAL.' 
AND WE'LL LET BY 
60NES BE BySONES/ 





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GUST 24, 1912, AS AMENDED BY THE ACTS 
OF MARCH 3, 1033, AND JULY 2, 1946 (Title 39, 
United States Code, Senmn 23S) SHOWING THE 
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CIRCULATION OF Oummoke published bi- 
monthly at New York 1, N. Y., for October 1. 1959. 

1. The names and addresses ol the publisher, edi- 
tor, managing editor, and business managers are: 
Publisher. George T. DrLacorte. Jr., 750 Third Ave- 
nue, New York 17, N. Y.; Editor, Helen Meyer. 750 
Third Avenue, New York 17. N. Y.: Managing editor. 
None; Business manager, Helen Meyer, 750 Third 
Avenue, New York 17, N. Y. 

2. The owner it Dell Publishing Co., Inc., 750 
Third Avenue, New York 17, N. Y.; George T. Dela- 
corte, Jr.. 750 Third Avenue, New York 1.7, N. Y.; 
Estate of Margarita E. Deiacorte, 750 Third Avenue, 
New York 17, N. Y. 

3. The known bondholders, mortgagees, and other - 



security holders owning or holding I per cent or 
more of total amount of bonds, mortgages, or other 
securities are; None. 

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stockholder or security holder appears upon the 
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lion for whom such trustee is acting; also the state- 
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knowledge and belief as to the circumstances and 
conditions under which stockholders and security 
holders who do not appear upon the books of the 

capacity other than that of a bona fide owner. 

(Signed) HELEN MEYER 



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of September, 1959. 

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